Scenario: With a runner on first the batter appears to have a hit a run-scoring triple, but the preceding runner is called out on a appeal play for failing to touch second base.
The batter obviously loses a run batted in, but, as the official scorer, to what do you downgrade the triple?
A – A double.
B – A single.
C – No hit (just an at-bat).
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Answer: C – No hit (just an at-bat).
Rule 10.05(b)(2) states:
[The official scorer shall not credit a base hit when a] batter apparently hits safely and a runner who is forced to advance by reason of the batter becoming a runner fails to touch the first base to which such runner is advancing and is called out on appeal. The official scorer shall charge the batter with a time at bat but no hit.